Communion Service: The New CovenantBy Rev. John Cortright on 12/31/2006
I Corinthians 11:23-26 As often as we eat this bread and drink the cup, we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. In partaking in communion, we are proclaiming, making a public declaration of, the Lord's death until he returns in the Kingdom of God.
The cup represents the new covenant, ratified by Christ's blood.
Hebrews 9:11-22 The old covenant was the Mosaic Covenant, which was ratified on Mt. Horeb (>Exodus chapters 19 24; Exodus 24:3-8).
The old covenant was not an everlasting covenant. It was a covenant made with the children of Israel. The law was a schoolmaster until Christ (Galatians 3:24).
There are three great everlasting covenants in the Scriptures:
(1) The Abrahamic Covenant - A covenant that the seed of Abraham would inherit the land.
(2) The Davidic Covenant - A covenant that a descendent of David would sit on God's throne forever.
(3) The New Covenant - Eternal salvation for God's people with the law written upon their hearts. The new covenant replaced the old, built upon better promises and a perfect sacrifice. It will be fulfilled when Christ returns (Hebrews 7:19-22; 8:6-13; 9:11-18).
Through Christ, all of the covenants will be fulfilled.
The oath to Abraham, the covenant to David, and the new covenant were all initiated and ratified in the land of Moriah, the city of GodJerusalem. (Genesis 22:1 and 2; I Chronicles 15:1, 17:1ff; Luke 22:8-12, 17-20; Hebrews 13:11-14).
Communion should be done with thought and consideration of the new covenantnot just a mindless activity. It should be received with reverence and awe.
I Corinthians 11:26-28; Hebrews 12:18-29
Hebrews 6:13-19 Our hope is sure and steadfast. The promises of God will absolutely come to pass.
Hebrews 10:19-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.
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